■ This couple explains why their low-maintenance home has attracted an army of online fans
WHEN Louise Morris and Phil Warcholak made the decision to buy a home together, they were after a property with enough space for Phil’s two young sons to come and stay, plus fast access to transport links. Louise, who works as cabin crew for British Airways, is based at Heathrow, while Phil works as an experimental build inspector at Rolls-Royce Derby.
The couple, both in their mid-thirties, agreed that they would prefer a new-build and after following the experiences of others moving to brand new homes on Instagram, reserved a four-bed, double-fronted house at David Wilson Homes’ Drakelow Park development in Burton-on-Trent, Derbyshire. ‘We chose a new-build for a modern look and convenient layout, and our home is low-maintenance, which is perfect when I’m travelling every week for work,’ says Louise.
They bought their detached house off-plan and were kept up to date with the progress of the build through regular site visits. Louise shared these updates via her Instagram, @louises.home.xx, which has nearly 17,000 followers, and has been regularly posting interior design shots since moving in last December. She’s mostly used a palette of greys, with touches of blue and silver, bringing a contemporary feel to every room.
‘I decided to create the account as you can get great tips and inspiration from seeing what other people are doing with their homes,’ she says. ‘We all answer one another’s questions about moving to a new-build and we share ideas on how to decorate rooms and where to buy certain items.
This is the perfect property for us as the open-plan kitchen and dining room allows us be in the same room while one is cooking dinner and the other is relaxing. When Phil’s sons are here, we can all spend time together and the French doors mean they can play in the garden while still in sight.’
Phil is equally enthusiastic about the house. He had previous experience of David Wilson Homes, so knew that a high specification and excellent customer service would be guaranteed.
‘After living in two David Wilson homes before, I knew the brilliant standard of the properties the company builds and felt completely comfortable making the move to Drakelow Park,’ he says. ‘The whole experience was easy and efficient from day one and the sales staff have been so helpful.
‘Having the M42 so close is perfect for Louise’s commute to Heathrow and, with Derby being within such easy reach, many of my colleagues have also moved to the development. We have a pub, shops and the boys’ school nearby, and the open fields around our home are perfect for walking our pug, Alfie.’
Drakelow Park is about 30 minutes from Derby and 45 minutes from Birmingham. Three-bed houses start from £239,995, four-beds are from £269,995 and a double-fronted Bradgate, similar to the couple’s, starts at £334,995,
DO THE MATHS
Purchase price (for a four-bed Bradgate house): £334,995
15 per cent deposit: £50,249
Estate charge: approx £14p/m
Total monthly spend: £1,254